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    Rogers to Roll Out First HSPA+ Network in North America

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    Announced today, Roger's Wireless will be launching the first HSPA+ Network in North America. The technology, which literally more than doubles the current network speed of 7.2 Mpbs to 21 Mbps will be launched beginning in August. Initial plans are to debut in the greater Toronto area and expand outward. Rob Bruce, President of Roger's Wireless said, "With the exponential growth of smartphones, application stores, mobile Internet sticks and embedded laptops and netbooks, Canadians are embracing wireless data and services like never before".

    While it seems customers to the north will be benefiting from blazing fast mobile speeds ahead of everyone else, those of us living a little to the south shouldn't be too concerned with Verizon promising LTE in the very near future and AT&T's statement back in May by CEO Ralph de la Vega that their current infrastructure would allow them (with release 7 of their HSPA system) to go up to the 20 Mbps range, quickly and easily, while Verizon and others were building LTE from the ground up.

    Full article from PRN.com here.
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    This is good news, I forget can someone refresh my memory on this one. In order to use those faster speeds don't they require different hardware or something different than what those who currently use 3G have?

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    I don't believe it does as the upgrades are going to be on the carrier end. It's more or less upgrading to a faster 3G. When LTE hits the masses though, of course we'll need newer devices capable of 4G.
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    Only one can hope they will get more 3G device's now......Watch out for bell....there comming in to town strong!
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    I'm not sure how it will work with Rogers but with Telus and Bell, my understanding is that current devices will not be HSPA capable, including the new Tour but the carriers will likely help speed up the technology refreshes to keep everyone happy. It will be very interesting to see what happens to Rogers' numbers in a few months once Telus and Bell launch HSPA and get the iphone, android, and symbian devices. Then it will be all about customer service.

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    Nope they won't work....on the flip side, save ur pennys and buy a HSPA phone for NA and ur in there like swim wear when they flip the switch and light up Canada....Watch it Rogers, Bell's gots some goods commin....
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